At the end of an intriguing match which saw sharp changes between the top 3 clubs through the day, WGEL finished runner-up to hosts Luton but ahead of Serpentine in match 4 of the Southern Athletics League (SAL) on Saturday 14 July. From the start it was obviously a 3-way battle, with our regular rivals this season Ilford set for fourth and West Norfolk and West Suffolk providing cameos from a handful of good athletes without supporting teams.
It quickly became clear that Serpentine were aiming to win via filling the teamsheet, and with no gaps they took a notable lead early on. However as the day wore on quality told and it became a battle between the hosts, who were strongest overall in the women and Woodford with a stronger men’s squad. Bad luck and injuries in our men’s team ultimately made the difference after a fine struggle on a warm day at a venue whose bowl shape seemed to lock in heat but encouraged some good performances by minimising wind.